For everyone out there who loves The Royals, we do have some sad news to report. The series has been formally canceled at E! after four seasons, with low ratings being the biggest factor. (The show was down by a good margin versus the third season.)
In a statement, a rep for the network said the following (per Deadline):
“E! will not be moving forward with another season of The Royals, which launched in 2015 as the network’s first original scripted series … Over four seasons, The Royals took viewers behind the palace gates on a scandalous journey filled with twists and turns. We are grateful to the cast and our producing partners at Lionsgate and Universal Cable Productions.”
Here’s where things do get a little bit interesting when it comes to the show’s future — it is possible that the Elizabeth Hurley series could find a future elsewhere, as Lionsgate is shopping the series around and there could be a home for it over at Pop, a network that is a joint venture between Lionsgate and CBS. Tonally, the show would work there, and we do think that there is a thirst for some additional programming there — it would also serve as a really smart way in order to beef up and promote some of their other shows. Doesn’t it make a little bit of sense for them to take a look at expanding out their roster?
Unfortunately, it’s too early to say one way or another if The Royals will continue there — but, given the popularity of Meghan Markle and recent headlines surrounding the British Royal Family, it absolutely does make sense for Lionsgate to approach other networks about finding it a new home. There could be an audience here.
This show marks the second major scripted cancellation at E! as of late, as the network also canceled recently The Arrangement. They aren’t getting out of the scripted game, but we also don’t have a ton of confidence in their future at the moment.
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